I. verb (scanned; scanning) Etymology: Middle English scannen, from Late Latin scandere, from Latin, to climb; akin to Middle Irish sceinnid he springs, Sanskrit skandati he leaps Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to read or mark so as to show metrical structure <
scan poetry
2. to examine by point-by-point observation or checking: a. to investigate thoroughly by checking point by point and often repeatedly <
a fire lookout scanning the hills with binoculars
b. to glance from point to point of often hastily, casually, or in search of a particular item <
scan the want ads looking for a job
3. a. to examine systematically (as by passing a beam of radiation over or through) in order to obtain data especially for display or storage <
scanned the patient's heart
radar scans the horizon
scan the photos into the computer
b. to pass over in the formation of an image <
the electron beam scans the picture tube
intransitive verb 1. to scan verse 2. to conform to a metrical pattern <
this poem scans well
Synonyms: see scrutinizescannable adjective II. noun Date: 1706 1. the act or process of scanning 2. a radar or television trace 3. an image formed by scanning something: as a. a depiction (as a photograph) of the distribution of a radioactive material in something (as a bodily organ) b. an image of a bodily part produced (as by computer) by combining ultrasonic or radiographic data obtained from several angles or sections

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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